Sympathy cards are a common response to illness, but when it’s the brain that gets hurt those expressions of support are often few and far between. Enter Hope Street Cards, a non-profit group that makes greeting cards for people with mental illness.

The cards have a warm, accepting tone with messages like “Sometimes it’s okay if all you did today was exist.” They were created by a psychologist who has personal experience with mental illness, and proceeds from the sales support psychiatric research.

Cards like this can make a real difference. A simple note of support lowers the risk of suicide among people with depression. It can also help the sender. Giving freely to others is a pretty sure path to a happier life.